Decatur Police continue to seek assistance from the public to locate and identify the suspect involved in the deadly hit and run accident that happened just after midnight on Thursday June 13th in the 2500 Block of E. Garfield. Police say a 20 month old child was struck and killed by the driver who fled the scene.
Based on witness accounts, the suspect vehicle is being described as a white, four door, 1995 to 2000 Ford Explorer. Witnesses described the suspect vehicle having the following distinct features:
-Black or dark colored plastic trim that covered the top of the wheel wells and running along the underside of the doors of the vehicle.
-Rear chrome bumper with a black or dark colored plastic trim on the top of the rear bumper.
-Chrome colored grill with the Ford logo in the center of the grill.
-Clean and well maintained.
-The vehicle may have minor damage to the front bumper of grill area of the vehicle as a result of the crash.
The suspect driver is described as a white male, mid 30's to early 40's, short, possibly balding hair, possibly wearing prescription glasses. Police say the suspect may have been visiting a location on the east side of Decatur prior to or after the deadly crash.
The Decatur Police Department is especially interested in vehicles matching the above description that were frequently driven prior to Thursday, but now are not driven by the owner or kept parked.
Police ask anyone with information as to the identity of the driver, location of the suspect vehicle or possible suspect vehicle, or any information related to the fatal accident are encourage to contact Decatur Police with the information at 424-2711 or call Crime Stoppers at 424-TIPS.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE WITH A NOAA WEATHER ALERT MONITOR WAND 17 has partnered with Midland Radio Corporation in offering NOAA Weather Alert Monitors. These monitors are available for sale in SchnucksMore >>
The Season of Change from winter to summer can bring dangerous severe weather. That's why StormCenter 17 is dedicating our weather resources to keep your family safe. Through the coming months you willMore >>